Doris Elaine Dowden

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 26, 2012

Doris Elaine Haymon Dowden 65, of Leesville went to be with the Lord on
July 25, 2012.
Celebration of life services for Mrs. Dowden will be held at 10 a.m. on July 28 at Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Leesville. Bro. Wayne Chance and Bro. Mark Christian will be officiating. Services are under the direction of
Hixson Funeral Home of Leesville. The family will be receiving visitors from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 27, 2012 at Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Leesville.
Pallbearers will include Dicky Fetting, Tyler Scott, Larry Pridgen, Anthony
Lawrence, Anthony Williams and Lowell
Brown. Honorary pallbearers are Carl Brooks, J.P. Monk, Coydell Jackson, Freddie Boswell and Adam Willis.
Doris was a lifelong resident of Vernon Parish and graduated from Leesville High
School in 1964. She was employed by the New Llano Town Hall as the water clerk, leaving behind a special group of friends who loved her so much: Freddie, Tamara, Donna and Sherrie, who took such great care of her. She leaves behind two special
friends, Carl and Nita Brooks, whom she loved like a brother and a sister and Patrick, RaNell, and Seth and Lauren Wellman, who she cared for and loved as her own. Doris was of the Baptist faith and attended Old Anacoco Baptist Church, and, oh how
she loved the Lord. She never lost her faith through some very difficult times and encouraged those around her to do the same. Doris was an avid fan of dirt track racing. She rarely missed any of these events to watch her favorite drivers, Adam
Willis and Austen Dowden. Baseball was her second love, where she cheered loudly for her grandchildren. She will be missed by all.
Mrs. Dowden is preceded in death by her father, Noah Haymon of Leesville; brother, JC Haymon of Leesville;
sister-in-law, Patricia Haymon of Leesville; father-in-law, Loyce Dowden of Leesville and mother-in-law, Evie Dowden of Leesville.
Mrs. Dowden is survived by her husband, Thomas Reid Dowden of Leesville; two sons, Tommy Dowden and wife,
Jennifer, of Leesville, and Jesse Jackson and wife, Hillary, of Anacoco; three precious grandchildren, Austen Dowden, Austin Branch Jackson and Hanna Jackson; her mother, Odessa Cryer Haymon of Leesville, three brothers, Melvin Haymon and wife,
Barbara, of Leesville, JE Haymon and wife Evelyn of Anacoco, and Elvin Haymon and wife, Nancy, of Anacoco; and two sisters, Merelene Monk and husband, J.P., of Leesville, and Jeanette Jackson and husband, Coydell, of Anacoco. Doris was a loving aunt
to many nieces and nephews who adored her.
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